Looking For Life In All The Wrong Places

“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.” John 5: 39-40

I love the way the Message translates these same verses, “You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want.”

When I read these verses this morning, I thought about a sentence I recently underlined in the book I’ve been reading by Carl Medearis called, Speaking of Jesus. Here’s the sentence:

“Understanding the doctrine of forgiveness does not deliver us from sin. Jesus does.”

Lately, I seem to be getting reminder after reminder that people (me included) tend to spend too much time defending or disputing Christianity and not enough time pointing to and getting to know Jesus. As Mr. Medearis says so well in his book, “The gospel is not a what. It is not a how. The gospel is a Who. The gospel is literally the good news of Jesus. Jesus is the gospel.”

We make it more complicated than it needs to be.

Spend time getting to know Him.

Follow Jesus.  Find Life.





11 thoughts on “Looking For Life In All The Wrong Places

  1. Tracy

    Hi Eileen – Great post. I think too that if we focus on Christ, that what we read in the bible comes alive and not the other way around. God bless

    1. Eileen Post author

      It is a great quote, Tor. I’m only about half way through the book but it’s been very thought provoking!

  2. LarryTheDeuce

    John Piper has a book called God Is The Gospel. I wonder sometimes of saying the gospel of Jesus Christ, we should say the gospel is Jesus Christ.
    We can get really good at defending our positions. Too bad our positions aren’t at the feet of Jesus.


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